Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Today’s hotel owes much to the labours of locals including furniture maker Dan Anderson, landscaper Tony, builders Aaron, Harrison and Ryan, and artist-photographer Jane Wilder. Music buffs should aim to check in on weekdays during Coachella, when bands from the festival with downtime serve up sets at Pappy & Harriet’s.
At the hotel
Lounge, horseshoe pit, wood-burning stove and outdoor seating, water refill station, gift shop. In rooms: free WiFi, mini fridge, camp chairs, Grateful Desert bath products.
Our favourite rooms
With beamed ceilings, chunky wooden furniture, rustic woven throws and cowhide rugs throughout, all rooms beguile equally and only differ in the set-up of beds. King Rooms at the rear of the hotel have juniper-dotted desert views that stretch all the way to the San Bernardino mountains on the horizon. If you want to stay where Gene Autry once gambled the night away playing poker, request room nine.
There’s no swimming pool at this desert hotel.
Boots not sandals (they’re bound to stay dusty); denim, ponchos and plaid, and something embroidered or embellished to wear for an evening at Pappy & Harriet’s.
The hotel has an ADA-compliant room with ramp access and an adapted ensuite including a roll-in shower.
One dog per room is welcome, from US$25 a night for each pet. See more pet-friendly hotels in San Bernardino County.
Welcome. Extra beds ( for over-twos, US$35 a night) can be provided in most rooms; you'd need to bring your own cot for those younger than two.
This unique stay, set in the desert, does much to sustain the community in which it’s based, having worked with local artisans, builders and landscapers to refurbish the hotel and working with local suppliers where possible.